One of the really common threads in the interviews coming out of last week’s press junkets for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the “celebrity X wants a character y solo film.” Vin Diesel and Karen Gillan have both gone on record saying they’d be down to have solo adventures of their characters added to the MCU and I’m sure every member of either Guardians film would have a hard time turning down cash (Marvel Studios presents Rhomann Dey, starring John C. Reilly, coming soon to a theater near you). Those stories are all well and good and sometimes, like in Gillan’s case, even warranted; Nebula has enough comic book history to easily headline a solo, space pirate adventure.
So while some of the characters might be cut out for solo acts, others are best left to develop over time and across the trilogy. One such character is Dave Bautista’s Drax, who was a scene stealer in Vol. 1 and, it appears, upped his game and takes a serious step forward in Vol. 2. What exposition we got on how Drax came to be the tattooed, rage-filled destroyer we met came in the first film when we learned that Ronan killed his wife, Hovat, and his daughter, Kamaria. Fans of the comics know that a similar fate befell Drax (aka Arthur Douglas) and his family, though their circumstances were quite different (they were humans killed by Thanos). In the comics, Douglas’ consciousness is reborn in the body of Drax, intended to destroy Thanos, and his daughter (named Heather) survived the attempt and is raised by space monks to become a powerful weapon as well. When asked if he’d like to see this adapted to the MCU, Bautista replied:
“Yeah! Of course! I would love to tell more of the backstory of Drax.
Whether or not that will happen, I don’t know. I don’t know if they’ll
ever really focus on Drax, but I hope so. I think it’s a really
We’re all actually with you on that one, Dave. We know a lot about Peter Quill and Vol. 2 is going to fill us in on a lot more. We have a little more info on Gamora and, by association, Nebula, but they’re still not very developed. But what we know about Drax, Rocket and Groot couldn’t fill a paragraph. Adding to the backstory of any or all of them is not going to do anything other than make us love this bunch of losers even more. It’s the losing that’s shaped them and maybe it’s recovering those losses that makes, as James Gunn has said, Vols. 1-3 one complete story.
It’s not a stretch to imagine that Kamaria (a name that means “like the moon” in Swahili, by the way) survived Ronan’s attack. If so, it’s possible that some version of her comic book story, where she is rescued by Thanos’ father, Mentor, and raised by the Shao-Lorn monks of Titan (the moon of Saturn on which Thanos was born), could be followed. Under the tutelage of the monks, she could master hand-to-hand combat and, like in the comics, learn to be in such complete control of her mind that she turns it into a powerful psychic weapon, capable of controlling an army of men, even while she is unconscious. Who knows, maybe she’ll even be have the power of the Dragon of the Moon, the entity that for a time controlled her and the source of her name. If Gunn and Kevin Feige decide to go this route, maybe we are all in for a surprise in either Avengers: Infinity War or Avengers 4 and Drax could be reunited with his daughter, helping him become whole again.
Of course, there’s another, less rosy option. From what we know of Thanos, he seems to like collecting children and training them to be assassins. Nebula and Gamora have explained that to us and we have this theory that just maybe the Black Order in Infinity War could be the other siblings Nebula referenced in Vol. 1. It would be a cruel twist of fate if one of those assassins was Moondragon. It would, however, set the stage for another betrayal of Thanos, making it an interesting option.
In either of these scenarios, we would probably be able to see Moondragon added to the roster of Guardians in Vol. 3. With Vol. 2′s addition of Mantis, Moondragon is one of just a few Guardians (joined in Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s late-2000’s run) to whom Marvel Studios have the live action rights that has not yet made the jump to the screen. Should we see Moondragon in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? Is this a character you’re ready to see on screen? Do her adventures with the Guardians and the Avengers give her top priority? Would you like to see Drax’s arc closed by a reunion with his daughter?
SOURCE: Screen Rant